Sunday, January 31, 2010
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This was the second and final time I saw Rob Halford's band Fight. It was also the first and only time I've seen Canadian experimental/thrashers Voi Vod. Both bands were exceptional and at the top of their game at this show, I remember leaving the Mirage after the show and thinking, "Wow. Just wow!!" It seemed pretty cool that Fight was back so soon after their previous show here, just 2 months prior, and it seemed that it had been quite a long time since Voi Vod had been in town. I'm actuall hoping to catch Voi Vod when they return here in March with Kreator. One other cool thing about this show - "PriestFreakNo.1" and I went to this one - just the two of us. We decided after all the problems we had the last time we saw Fight that this time we'd leave the "Unfortunate Alcoholic" at home where he belonged.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
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CBGB.com has undergone some changes as of late, not the least of which was the debut this past Monday (01/25/10) of CBGB Radio via the iheartradio network.
...CBGB Radio captures the spirit and intensity of the legendary club formerly located at 315 Bowery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The station features music from the influential artists that performed at the venue, including Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, as well as new underground rock artists. Additionally, listeners will hear snippets of artist interviews and commentary from those who knew CBGB best.
“If we can’t go to CBGB’s anymore, at least we have a place where we can listen to CBGB’s,” said Lenny Kaye, the influential musician, writer and producer best known for his work as guitarist for poet-rocker Patti Smith. “All that’s missing is the gruff and sweet voice of Hilly welcoming you to the dive…”
“CBGB was the center of a cultural revolution and remains synonymous with underground rock,” said Bob Gruen, the legendary rock photographer who captured countless indelible moments at the club. “CBGB Radio will continue the club’s legacy for millions of music fans across the globe.”
And now you can listen to CBGB Radio RIGHT HERE while you're visiting ThisAintTheSummerOfLove - the "radio" is located over on the right side of your screen. Just turn it on and rock while you read!
Also, the AMAZING 360* virtual tour of the club is still there on CBGB.com, it's just been relocated on the site. I did some digging and found it HERE. If you haven't seen this yet, you really need to check it out...NOW!!
January 1978: 32 Years Ago @ State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN: Cheech & Chong - Ramones - The Runaways
01/20/78 - Cheech & Chong at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. Tickets were only $6.00, leaving you plenty of cash to buy some stash to enjoy before taking in the show.
This one stopped me dead in my tracks. I stared in disbelief at the page...I couldn't believe I came across this one. 01/21/78 - Ramones & The Runaways @ State Theatre in Minneapolis. Tickets were only $5.50. God, I need a time machine...
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Ad#1 for Flipp's "Teenage Rampage" 2001: This ad appeared in the City Pages at some point in late December 2000 and let local high-school bands know they could enter to win a contest called "Teenage Rampage" and if their band were selected as the winners, they would be chosen to headline a concert with local glam-punk rockers Flipp.
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Ad#2: This is the full page ad that appeared in City Pages about a week before the concert. All the bands playing the show were listed. The winners of the Teenage Rampage 2001 were Chillakoot, a band of kids from Stillwater, MN. Second place went to a band called Maximum Capacity from Orono, MN.
So the final running order of the bands appearing was:
Maximum Capacity (Opener)
Sunset Black/With/Faux Jean/Flipp
This is a cool, full color "double postcard"-style promo handbill Flipp had printed up to promote the show. The reverse is similar to Ad#1 above, with complete details on how to enter the contest.
Like usual when I'd go see a Flipp concert, the beers were going down like water at this one so all I can really say was I had a great time seeing them again as actual details are kinda hazy. I wish I could tell you how great the other bands were but to be honest I really wasn't there for them and was not really paying close attention, and now that nine years have passed it's kinda hard to recall many of the details.
Over at FlippCentral.com there are four great sets of photos from this show:
Set #1 - by Marc Bolduc
Set #2 - by Marc Bolduc
Set #3 - by Deb Amadeck
Set #4 - by Mike R.
Flipp hosted another edition of Teenage Rampage again in March of 2002. This was also the first time I got smart and brought a camera to photograph the band in concert. I wrote about this one last year. You can read (briefly) about it and see some of my photos HERE.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
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This one is from the January 27, 1977 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine and features King Kong standing atop the WTC towers. I think he's saying to Jessica Lange, "Hey, what say you and me get the hell out of here and head someplace nice and quiet for a drink where we can get to know each other a bit better without all these annoying fighter planes buzzing around." (See Large)
This one is from 1985 - advertising the new Olds Cutlass Ciera.
Here we see guitarist extrodinaire Steve Stevens of the Billy Idol band, looking cool and ripping it up on a Hamer guitar powered by some devastating Marshall amplification. I wonder if anyone in the towers yelled down to him to "turn that shit down!"? This one ran in music magazines from 1986 into 1987. (See Large)
Here an ad for the movie "The Squeeze" which starred Michael Keaton and Rae Dawn Chong. It premeiered in theatres on July 10th, 1987. I've never seen this movie. (See Large)
This one is from 1998 and extolls the virtues of Bacardi Limon citrus rum. The ad seems to convey the message that drinking the product will make you feel "all squiggly," at least that's what I get from it.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Anyway...I found a few good replacement CD's for my collection and a few I didn't have including a copy of The Sex Pistols "Live at the Chelmsford Top Security Prison" recorded (mostly) on September 17, 1976! I'm listening to that as I write this...it's great! And only $2.00 in near mint condition!?! Who gets rid of this stuff?!? But back to the story...
And then I spotted a copy of Anthrax's 1995 release "Stomp 442," which I already own on CD. But this one said "Expanded Edition" on the spine and I don't have that one. So I pick it off the shelf and look at the cover and...it's autographed by drummer Charlie Benante and vocalist John Bush!
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"Wow," I thought, "that's pretty cool!" I checked out the track listing on the back and indeed, I did not have the bonus tracks on this disc in my collection. So I open the jewel case to check out the condition of the CD and was disappointed to see it was rather scratched up...but then again pleasantly surprised to find ANOTHER cool thing about this disc. Attatched to the back of the CD booklet was a VIP pass from 1st Avenue in Minneapolis with the date of 05/20/03.
I knew immediately what concert this was from and when and where the autographes on the front of the booklet had been obtained - a show Anthrax had played here as openers for Motorhead. I didn't actually make it to that show (and I don't know why I didn't make that one...), but I DID have a handbill from that particular show in the archives.
So it was a no brainer to pick up this CD for the bargain price of $5.98 and add it to my collection.
And this wasn't the first time I'd scored something like this at Half Price Books. A few summers ago while there browsing, I ran across an autographed copy of a CD by Lee Aaron and the Swingin' Barflies.
I think I paid about $5.00 for this one too. I bought it even though the autograph was personalized, "To Steve with love..."
Lee Aaron, besides still being a hottie, is now known mostly as a jazz and blues singer, but for a period of time back in the 1980's...she was known as "The Metal Queen."
(Image via: AZHeavyMetal.com)
And, no, you dirty minded bastards, "Hot Wacks" was NOT a porno magazine (although she did appear in one of those as well...) - it was a well known music industry publication that features reviews of bootleg music material, such as the above mentioned Sex Pistols recordings.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
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Four years ago today, the reunited "classic" lineup of NYC mosh-masters Anthrax made a stop in Minneapolis and played to a packed First Avenue crowd. Before the show, while "337" and I were walking on the sidewalk outside the club, we walked right by drummer Charlie Benante who had his face buried in his jacket to ward off the chill of the blustery mid-January Minnesota winter. We said hello - he looked up, said hello back and mentioned how cold he thought it was and continued on his way, ducking into the side enterance of the club.
The opening bands were all pretty good - I don't remember disliking any of them. I don't have much to say about the actual Anthrax set...it was killer...as expected. It was cool to see the classic lineup up here, having fun, seeming to be enjoying playing together for the first time since the early 90's, but I still think John Bush (formerly of Armored Saint) is a much better vocalist then Joey Belladonna.
Once the tour was over, Belladonna and Danny Spitz were back out of the band and for the past two years or so there has been quite alot of change within the band. They hired a new vocalist - who recorded most of a new CD with the band - and then was either fired or quit - not sure what really went down with that situation - which caused plans for the new CD to be scrapped. Then recently there has been talk that John Bush will rejoin the band...it's a metal soap opera and I don't really keep up with it. I do know that original guitarist (and watch-maker extrordinaire) Danny Spitz is working on a new project called "Deuxmonkey" with former Accept bassist Peter Baltes and others. Their new CD should be out soon with a tour to follow.
Above - a photo of the reunited Anthrax classic lineup that appeared in the City Pages a few days before the show.
Below - a great clip of the classic lineup of the band performing "In My World" on an episode of "Married with Children" which originally aired on 02/14/92.
Info on this episode from an Anthrax discussion board:
It's Al and Peg's 20th anniversary, and Peggy wants only one thing from Al... Meanwhile Kelly and Bud win the "My dinner with Anthrax" contest, which means a house party with the thrash-metal band, but there will be no party unless they get rid of mom and dad first. The answer: tricking them into taking a Florida "vacation" that turns out to be a time-share sales scam where the salesman won't leave them alone.
The day Anthrax arrives, they get snowed in, and they can't get out of the house. There is no food except for a mysterious pack left in the fridge by Peg which the band inhales (they were really hungry) and soon the band starts hallucinating ("wow... the colors" - Charlie, "if it was on the fridge, how come this thing is so warm?" - Frank). After eating they play "In My World" and you see Kelly head banging to the song, Scott sing (speak) on the intro, and joe just sitting on the couch... They all end up smashing the house...
...ah, good times, good times.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Seems the band called The Professionals (formed by Steve Jones and Paul Cook following the demise of the Sex Pistols) was in Minneapoils to do a show here (most probably in November or December of 1981). At some point during their time here, they were involved in a head-on car collision which injured three members of the band including drummer Paul Cook. Steve Jones was not in the car at the time of the accident. The band split up shortly after they finished this tour.
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Here is a clip of the band from the 1982 cult classic movie "Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains", where they are introduced as "The Looters."
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives via City Pages)
One night only in Minneapolis - a very special evening with Robert Gordon & The Gang They Couldn't Hang featuring the all star line-up of Slim Jim Phantom, Chris Spedding and Glen Matlock. With special guests The Reckless Ones and the Fuck Knights.
Here is an additional flyer/handbill I found in a local record shop...
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Thursday, January 7, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Meanwhile, in New York City, the Freedom Tower, where construction began on 04/27/06 and the first steel columns were put in place on 12/16/09, recently got it's own Subway restaurant installed on the 5th floor.
The restaurant will continue travelling upward in the building as construction continues, allowing workers to grab their lunch without having to go down to the ground and then back up again.
You can follow along with the progress of construction HERE.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Then there's the original "The Bronx is Burning," from 1972, which was inspired by the Dennis Smith book "Report from Engine Company 82, also published in 1972.
This one looks amazing but the only place to get it is on ebay and it's a bit pricey for a 51 minute movie. Maybe someday I'll cave in and buy a copy, but not just yet I guess.
Hope it's warm where you are - Happy New Year.